Thankful for newspapers

Dear Editor, I Received my absentee voter’s ballot for the May 5 election-Local School District Board Member (one only) and Community College Board of Trustees Members (eight total). Wanting to find out who these persons on the ballot were, and what they might represent, I called the Kent Community College, hoping to be able to […]

Thoughts on change and the tannery closing

Dear Editor, I understand Char Allen’s lament in the Squire, “Why do away with the tannery?” But it reminded me that before 1926, many immigrant husbands and fathers were employed in the orchestra pits of silent movie theaters-a great way for them to compensate for language limitations while blending into a foreign culture. They came […]

Facts prove federal wetlands proposal wrong for Michigan

Dear Editor, Regarding the proposal to move Michigan’s wetland permitting and enforcement from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Corps of Engineers (COE): Representative Tom Pearce in the March 5, 2009 Rockford Squire stated, “This is an issue that needs to be decided on facts, […]

On which side of history

138 North Main Street.

Dear Editor, “Narrow streets, shaded by towering trees, and lined with well-kept, two story homes….families strolling throughout the neighborhood, chatting with friends along their route to the ice cream shop(s) downtown…such scenes are commonplace in Rockford, a picture of small town America” (Rockford Master Plan, p. 18). I am not a fan of felling homes, […]

Main Street

Power! Hooked on oil? Want alternative energy? We’re all overlooking something that’s right in our back yards. The neighborhoods are full of squirrels looking for food and even risking their lives darting across streets. We should harness this power source. Here’s my plan: We buy a bunch of live traps and catch those little devils. […]